By Kathy Hanrahan, Out and About editor
Our picks for this holiday weekend include a spirits festival, a dessert food truck rodeo and more!
For the foodies
Spirits of NC Tasting Festival (Raleigh Beer Garden , 614 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh) - Enjoy samples from more than 40 different North Carolina distillers, food, live music and raffles at this event on Saturday at Raleigh Beer Garden.
NC Sugar Rush (Historic City Market , 215 Wolfe St., Raleigh) - This all-dessert food truck rodeo is happening Sunday at City Market.
Brunches Brew (Golden Belt, 807 East Main Street, Durham) - Head to the Golden Belt on Sunday to enjoy a jazz brunch. There will be live music, food trucks and beer from Hi-Wire.
Home Brewed: Live Music, Live Art, and Plenty of Beer (Durty Bull Brewing Company, 206 Broadway St Ste 104, Durham) - Head to Durty Bull Brewing Company on Sunday for this event featuring live music, art and home brewed beer. Proceeds will go to scholarship endowments at Historically Black Colleges.
Music, film and more fun
Animazement (The Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh) - This anime convention celebrates popular Japanese visual culture in all of its forms. The event runs Friday through Sunday at the Raleigh Convention Center.
Hello Dolly! (Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham) - Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in "Hello, Dolly!" at DPAC. The show runs through Sunday.
Princess Bride Movie Night Benefit for Habitat For Humanity (Honeysuckle Tea House, 8871 Pickards Meadow Road, Chapel Hill) - Enjoy a screening of the "Princess Bride" Saturday night at Honeysuckle Tea House. Proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity.
Carolina Fear Fest 2019 (Jim Graham Building, N.C. State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh) - This festival, which runs Saturday and Sunday at the N.C. State Fairgrounds, celebrates everything horror. There will be celebrity guests, vendors, panels and a film festival.
Triangle Wind Ensemble's An American Celebration: Through Time and Space (Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary) - This year marks not only the 20th anniversary of the 50-member Triangle Wind Ensemble, but also the 50th anniversary of NASAs Apollo 11 space mission that landed Buzz Aldrin and Nel Armstrong on the moon. This show will celebrate this American achievement with music devoted to and inspired by space, the planets and stars on Sunday.
Special Event: Faizon Love (Goodnight's Comedy Club/The Grille at Goodnight's, 861 W. Morgan St., Raleigh) - Actor and comedian Faizon Love is best known for roles in the films "Friday," "Elf," "The Replacements," "Made," and "Couples Retreat." See him at Goodnight's Comedy Club Friday through Sunday.
Fridays on the Front Porch (Carolina Inn, 211 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill) - Sip on crafted cocktails while listening to live music and enjoying featured food trucks at Carolina Inn on Friday night.
The Fast and the Furriest 5k and K9 Carnival (Goldsboro Family YMCA, 1105 Parkway Drive, Goldsboro) - Grab your sneakers and your furry friend for this event on Saturday. Proceeds will benefit the Wayne County Humane Society.
Ponysaurus Brewing Co. Summer Movie Series (Ponysaurus Brewing Co., 219 Hood Street, Durham) - Ponysaurus hosts this free movie summer every Sunday on its patio.